Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill played just over half the season (87 games) due mainly to the nonunion fracture in his left hand that he suffered in April. Speculation said that he may need surgery to repair that fracture. However, as NBC Sports.com's Drew Silva reports, Hill will not need that surgery after all.
Silva cites the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro and Scott Bordow as saying that Hill's hand has healed enough for Diamondbacks team physicians to cancel the already-planned procedure.
Hill embraced the news from hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan. In a September 28 interview with Pierco and Bordow, Hill relayed the message he received from Dr. Sheridan:
“They said it’s like 80 percent healed. In the last two months, it’s decided to heal. My last MRI, I think it was two months ago, nothing had changed. [Dr. Sheridan] called me yesterday and said, ‘You won’t believe this!’ … We didn’t want to do surgery anyway, and now this definitely confirms that we won’t.”
For someone who missed nearly half a season and played the rest with a fractured hand, Hill certainly earned his pay. He hit .293/.358/.466 with 11 HR and 41 RBI pending the season's final game. Moreover, he has an incredible .148 strikeout ratio. He missed most of April, all of May, and most of June before returning to the lineup full-time in July. His production projects very close to the same pace as his .302, 26 HR, and 85 RBI he amassed in 2012.
Hill is signed through 2016, and Arizona is happy to have him.
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